Meet Jack Durish

Today, I'd like to introduce you to Jack Durish, historical fiction author. Jack is the author of Rebels on the Mountain, a romantic adventure "that begins at sea and then follows the rattle of musketry to the revolution in Cuba."

  1. What is the one book you want us to read (title, genre, and availability).
    Rebels on the Mountain: Historical Fiction available in all ebook formats on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes.

  2. Give us a one sentence synopsis.
    A childhood crush evolves into romance when Nick Andrews, a U.S. Army spy, reconnects with Lucia Comas, an American-educated mulata, in Cuba while he is there to unravel the diplomatic mess created by Fidel Castro's revolution.

  3. Who are the main characters and who would you like to see portray them in a movie?
    Nick Andrews: A U.S. Army Ranger and Korean War Veteran who has made a career of reconnaissance patrols behind the Iron Curtain – possibly portrayed by Stephen Amell
    Lucia Comas: An American-educated, island-born mulata, daughter of the second wife of don Carlos Comas, a Cuba sugar plantation owner, and love interest of Nick Andrews – possibly portrayed by Christina Milian
    Emma Regan: An American socialite whose husband, a retired pediatrician operates a free clinic on the sugar plantation she inherited, and sister to the don Carlos Comas' second wife Sigourney Weaver
    Fidel Castro: The charismatic leader of the revolution that overthrew the Cuban dictator, Fulgencio Batista – possibly portrayed by Jsu Garcia
    Che Guevara: The Argentinian doctor who became one of Castro's most notorious lieutenants and his executioner following Fidel's rise to power – possibly portrayed byGuillermo Diaz
    Ernest Hemingway: Nobel Prize winning author and Havana resident who mingled freely in the halls of power in Havana and purportedly supported Castro's revolution – possibly portrayed by William Hurt

  4. Tell us about the story, but please don't reveal too much.
    Nick Andrews uses the cover of a pleasure trip with friends, the Regans – a retired doctor and his socialite wife who own an estate in Cuba – to infiltrate the island from its halls of power in Havana to the rebel camp in the mountains at the eastern end of the island. Unexpectedly, he rekindles a childhood crush with the island-born niece of the Regans, and makes friends with a loyal Fidelista rebel. Romance, rum, rumba, and revolution layer themselves into a thrilling tale of intrigue, action, and suspense.

  5. What inspired you to write this book and how long did it take?
    I was slated to pilot a vessel from Galveston Bay to the Chesapeake, with a stop in Havana, when I was a young sailor, but the trip was canceled due to several factors including the fall of the Batista government in Cuba. I suppose that I never let go of the disappointment of missing that adventure. Thus, I followed events in Cuba closely and studied the history of the island and its people during the intervening fifty years. I spent another two years cataloging and studying my research, and another year and a half to write and edit the manuscript.

  6. What other books have you written?
    Dream Pirates – Fiction for young readers with impaired reading skills and new English speakers
    WordPerfect: Creative Applications – Technical manual
    Infantry School: A Soldier's Journal – Personal memoir
    Vietnam: A Soldier's Journal – Personal memoir
    Trifles: Literary Dessert – A collection of short stories to be published soon

  7. Which authors inspired you, your style?
    Many including...
    Ernest Hemingway: Voice
    Mark Twain: Irony
    Charles Dickens: Memorable characters

  8. Where can we learn more about you and your books?
    Http:// contains my personal blog as well as my biography, a synopsis of all my books and links to them, and recommended websites for anyone interested in reading

  9. How can we follow you? Twitter, Facebook, Google+, etc.

  10. Is there anything else you would like us to know?
    I am currently working on my second novel featuring Nick Andrews as a young soldier in the Korean War. Also, I have been posting to my blog a series of articles built from my research into Cuba with special emphasis on the love-hate relationship between the island and the United States. Most expect a change in US-Cuban relations when Fidel Castro dies, and Americans will begin looking forward to visiting this Caribbean paradise which has been off limits for so many years.

Thank you, Jack!
You can read an excerpt of Rebels on the Mountain here, and find it at Amazon, Barnes & NobleiTunes and directly from the publisher, Venture Galleries.

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